Allan James RUTHERFORD

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RUTHERFORD, Allan James

Service Number: 413900
Enlisted: 13 September 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units
Born: Lismore, New South Wales, 23 April 1916
Home Town: Lismore, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Audit clerk
Died: Accidental (air crash), Nova Scotia, Canada, 17 September 1943, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Holy Trinity Old Cemetery, Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

13 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 413900, Sydney, New South Wales
24 Apr 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 413900, SS President Munroe, Sydney (disembarked San Francisco 15 May 1942)
17 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 413900, Royal Canadian Airforce Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Anthony Vine

Allan Rutherford was born in Lismore New South Wales, Australia and was the son of Samuel and Hannah Rutherford. He enlisted in the RAAF on the 13th of September 1941 and completed his initial training at Bradfield Park in Sydney before joining Number 20 Pilots' at Number 2 Elementary Flying Training School at Mascot in December.

He completed Elementary Training in February 1942 and embarked on the SS President Munroe on the 24th of April 1942 bound for San Francisco and then Canada.  Allan underwent Service Flying Training at 10 Service Flying Training School at Dauphin Manitoba between June and September 1942 graduating as a pilot and being commissioned as a pilot officer on the 25th of September 1942.

On completion of course he was selected to be trained as an Flying Instructor and after completing a Flying Instructor’s Course at RCAF Vulcan in Alberta after which  he instructed student pilots in Canada for nine months.  Allan was then posted to 36 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Greenwood in Nova Scotia to train on the Mosquito Fighter/Bomber.

On the 17th of September 1943 Allan and his Navigator Pilot Officer Trevor Pittock RAF were on a low level navigation flight when their aircraft flew into the ground – both men were killed.

 

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